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Published November 4, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Dessert is something everyone enjoys, Huntington Woods resident Joan Schwartz said, whether it be cake, chocolate or any other sweet treat.

So for a three-woman show, “Just Desserts,” that Schwartz is a part of at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, she and her fellow artists decided to sweeten up the gallery with mosaic and mixed-media pieces that depict the vast colors and variety of desserts. The show opened Oct. 25 and runs through Dec. 10.

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Published November 4, 2015

BERKLEY — Prior to last year, Kendra Montante had never heard of “booing,” at least not the concept of paying it forward around Halloween.

Booing has happened all over the country for more than 30 years, Montante, a West Bloomfield resident, said, and the concept asks families to put together treat bags for their friends and neighbors and then place the bags, along with a description and window-cling ghost, on the porch and ring the doorbell before running away.

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Published November 4, 2015

A staff photo from a Feb. 5, 1958, newspaper article — the name of the paper was unavailable — shows a house originally constructed in Utica before it was moved to its current location on 21 Mile Road, south of Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township. Gardner Hunt Runyan, a farmer and carpenter, originally built the house in the 1860s. Clarence Gildner, a well-known builder in the area, also lived in the house with his family from 1951 to 1958. Myrna Mazure now owns the home. For a story, “Restored house built in 1870s to receive historic marker,” visit
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Published November 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Combining live music and a passion for helping the less fortunate in the immediate area has driven the nonprofit group Rockin’ 4 Hunger since 2009.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 28, Rockin’ 4 Hunger will host its sixth and, organizers hope, biggest bash to date at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Participants can experience a bygone era with vintage Packard automobiles, a traditional roast dinner and 1940s big band music.

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Published November 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As opposed to the township’s somber Memorial Day ceremony, Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo said Veterans Day is an occasion to have fun and celebrate veterans’ service.

On Nov. 8, the township will host its third annual Veterans Day event.

The day will kick off at noon with the Veterans Memorial Run, a 5K featuring a scenic loop around the township grounds and Mae Stecker Park. Participants can register before the race for $20 or at the event beginning at 9 a.m. for $25.

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 30, 2015

The Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center has been proactive in learning how to serve the center’s patrons, including those who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other illnesses that cause progressive memory loss in older adults, city officials say.

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Published October 30, 2015

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DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Kramer Homes Co-Operative collectively wants to give a disabled U.S. military veteran the gift of community.

The management of the historic, privately owned housing cooperative is looking for a disabled vet — one who is interested in moving into a Kramer Homes unit — to thank with an offer of a paid membership in the corporation, closing costs and upgrade fees, worth up to $8,500 total.

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Published November 4, 2015

WARREN — Throughout the month of October, St. Anne Catholic School preschool teacher Rhana Dabish finds different ways to teach students about fire safety.

“We implement our fire safety issues in various ways to make sure we reach out to each child,” Dabish said.

On Oct. 27, staff and students welcomed Stan the Fireman, who presented a home fire safety presentation that included magic tricks, humor, a ride in his mini fire truck and several important lessons. Stan the Fireman has been presenting his program at St. Anne for five years.

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Published November 1, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 24th annual Christmas “Deck the Halls” auction Nov. 11 at Eastpointe Manor.

According to Chamber Membership Director Linda Weishaupt, the event should see about 70-75 silent auction items — primarily a variety of gift baskets.

“(The baskets are) anywhere from fishing to gardening to sports to Christmas baskets,” she said. “To coffee, cocoa, tea, summer — we have beach baskets — we have a little of everything.”

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Published October 31, 2015

ROSEVILLE — For years, Roseville Community Schools has invited military veterans for a special breakfast on Veterans Day to honor their service, though that tradition has a new hiccup in tracking down veterans since the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall closed.

“We’re having a real problem finding any vets with the VFW office closing,” Superintendent John Kment said at a special school board meeting Oct. 26. “We are still sending out invitations, but I’m not sure we’re going to have a lot of people.”

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Published November 4, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Starting around the fall of 1982, a group of local video game enthusiasts — calling their club the Activision Addicts, and later, the Video Addicts — decided to help local hospitalized kids for the holidays.

Former Video Addicts club president and Eastpointe resident Ernest Sevener said the club formed around 1981-82. The club would meet at Abbot Video in Roseville once or twice a month to try out the new games and see how they liked them.

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Published October 30, 2015

SOLAR SYSTEM — As the National Aeronautic and Space Administration probe New Horizons continues to beam back photos and data from its July flyby of Pluto, scientists are discovering that the dwarf planet is far more interesting than first thought.

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Published October 30, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but money is still tight at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter.

“It’s still a lean year — we don’t have any non-lean years,” said Suzette Gysel, the city’s animal control officer. “Trying to get funding, whether through grants or budget or whatever, is a total struggle each day.”

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Published October 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society is raffling off two tickets to tour the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Autism Society.

Tickets cost $10 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase. 

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Published October 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From Sunday, Oct. 25, to Thursday, Dec. 10, the Janice Charach Gallery will be decorated with colorful mosaic artwork that holds a deeper meaning.

The exhibition, titled “Just Desserts,” features a collection by three Michigan-native artists from around the state, using desserts to describe their feelings on today’s society. More than 60 pieces are on display. 

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Published October 30, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Around 500 airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base returned recently from a half-year deployment in Asia.

According to Selfridge Brig Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, the airmen have been filtering home over the past several weeks, with the largest contingency returning to Michigan over the Oct. 22-24 weekend, with 10 jets and pilots returning on Oct. 22 and the majority of the airmen coming home on Oct. 24. Another group of 50 airmen returned at the end of October.

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Published October 28, 2015

As a child, Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts would listen to ham radio, known as amateur radio, in which operators use two-way radios to communicate with each other.

“The police and fire calls piqued my interest,” Roberts said.

Roberts was named to the top post after former Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson retired last month after serving as fire chief since 1994.

Roberts grew up in Bloomfield Township and joined the Explorers Program for the Fire Department that was offered through the Boy Scouts of America.

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Published October 28, 2015

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.

Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library — will talk about the history and what goes on behind the scenes at the parade at eight libraries in the coming weeks.

His first stop will be Nov. 2 at the Troy Public Library.

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